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Obituaries February 16, 2023

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BernalMARGARET H. BERNAL

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyMargaret H. Bernal (nee Thomas), age 98, of West Lawn, passed away February 2. U. S. Army Air Corp WWII Veteran.

Beloved wife of the late Felix “Phil” Bernal; loving mother of Phillip (Marlene Alvino) Bernal, Roy Bernal, Mary Ann (William) Bernal Potter and the late Daniel Bernal; cherished grandmother and beloved busia of many; dear daughter of the late Joseph Thomas and the late Mary Slawkowski (nee Harhut); dear sister of the late Dorothy (late Raymond) Johnston, late Mary Ann (late Robert) Bergman, Late Lorraine (late Raymond) Zale, late Carol Slawkowski; dear sister-in-law of many; beloved aunt of many nieces and nephews. Cousin and friend of many. Proud volunteer for Midway Airport Ambassador and Midway Airport USO.

Funeral was held February 9 from the Wolniak Funeral Home, 5700 S. Pulaski Rd., to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation was held February 9 until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations to Chicago Honor Flight organization will be appreciated in Margaret’s name www.honorflightchicago.org.  Funeral Info: 773-767-4500 or www.wolniakfuneralhome.com.

GordonPHYLLIS J. GORDON

Phyllis Jean Gordon (nee Watts), age 91, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, passed away January 25.

Beloved wife of the late Wilbert Gordon, loving mother of Kathy Nelson, John Gordon, Barb Gordon and Jane (Dave) Brencic; grandmother of Erika Nelson, Emily (Teo) Hernandez, Jennifer (Tyler) Dare, Laura Schmecht, Mark (Jenny Money) Schmecht, Daniel (Shubha) Brencic, and Tim Schmecht; great-grandmother to Kathryn Carta, Elizabeth Dare, Sebastian Hernandez, Andrew Dare, Dev Brencic, Piper Schmecht, Kamila Hernandez and Chloe Schmecht; sister to Lois (William) Mellen, the late Joyce (Bob) Buehrens and the late Susan (Seymour) Hatch; daughter of William and Myfanwy “Bonnie” (nee Jones) Watts; and aunt of many nephews and nieces.

Visitation was held February 3 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave., Summit. Visitation followed by a service were held February 4 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 100th Street and Central Avenue, Oak Lawn. Burial at Oakridge-Glen Oaks Cemetery, 4301 West Roosevelt Road, Hillside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to any charity of your choice.

GuillenFRANK GUILLEN SR.

Frank Guillen, age 89, of Burbank, passed away January 25, surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was the beloved husband of Delia (nee Chavez); loving father of Mary (Frank Zotta), Frank Jr., and Joseph (Shelly); devoted grandfather of Lindsey (Partner Alan Wise), Jordan (Partner Zabrina Barela), Jeremy (Fiancée Brittnay Sleeman), Jessie, Monee, Desirae and Jacob; cherished great grandfather of Braydan, Alora, Zabella and Dezman. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Isabel Guillen, and his siblings Peter and Jenny. Fond brother of Mary (late David) Castaneda; uncle to Guadalupe (Raul) Flores, Ruben (Trudy) Casares and Domingo (Nancy) Gomez. Frank will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held January 30 at St. Agnes of Bohemia Church 2651 South Central Avenue, Chicago until time of Mass. Family and friends met at Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside for Frank’s burial. Condolences may be sent to Frank’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

Hernandez 1PETRA HERNANDEZ

Petra Hernandez, age 63, passed away January 25.

Cherished daughter of the late Rita (nee Zinzun) and the late Miguel Hernandez; loving sister of Lucy Hernandez, the late Rachel Hernandez, the late Trinidad (Beverly) Hernandez, Rita Jr. Hernandez, Juana Hernandez, Maria Hernandez, Margarita (Robert) Fell, Miguel Jr.Hernandez, Tony Hernandez and the late Rudy Hernandez. Also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held February 4 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held February 4, Service and Time of Remembrance were held at the funeral home. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

IniguezAGUSTIN IÑIGUEZ

Agustin Iñiguez, age 68, of Chicago, Garfield Ridge community, peacefully passed away at home January 24.

He was the beloved husband of Celia Iñiguez; cherished father of Agustin Iñiguez, Jose (Claudia) Iñiguez, Celia (Brando) Martinez and Gloria Yniguez (Rolando Zunida); much loved grandfather of Benicio, Bernardo and Rosalia; dear brother of Antonio, Isabel, Maria DeJesus, Maria Elena, Juan Manuel, Jesus, Mario, Fidel, Margarite and Carmen Iñiguez; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Before his retirement, Agustin was a proud member and union steward for Teamsters Local Union #731.

Visitation was held January 30 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem). Visitation was held January 31 at the funeral home until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Rita of Cascia Church for Mass. Agustin will be cremated and his cremains will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery Northside Our Lady of Czestochowa Garden Mausoleum at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Agustin’s family on his personal tribute website at www.foranfuneralhome.com.

MarchandDOROTHY J. MARCHAND

Dorothy J. Marchand (nee Pelko), age 95, more than 60-year resident of Willow Springs and formerly of Summit, passed away at her home in Willow Springs January 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Franklyn J. Marchand; loving mother of Sheryl (William) Smith and Franklyn A. Marchand; dear grandmother of William J. Smith IV and Thomas Franklyn Smith; devoted daughter of the late Amelia (nee Bartol) and late Frank Pelko; fond sister of the late Amelia Kostrzak, late Theresa Pelko late Frances Pelko and late Frank Pelko; fond sister-in-law of Cecile Marchand and Alex Scheflo; aunt of many nieces and nephews. She was an active member for 62 years at St. James at Sag Bridge Church and a member and former President of the Rosary Society, Willow Springs Seniors and KSKJ Lodge #300.

Visitation was held January 29 at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, 8899 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Funeral was held January 30 from the funeral home to St. James at Sag Bridge Mission, Lemont for Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.  708-839-899.

JULIA C MARTINEZ

Julia C Martinez, age 81, passed away January 27.

Arrangements were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave.  Chicago, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Cremation Private. To leave any tributes, please visit funeral home website at www.SzykownyfuneralhomeIL.com.

MilanCYNTHIA G. MILAN

Cynthia G. Milan, age 79, of Chicago, Clearing community, passed away in her family residence with loved ones by her side January 16.

She is survived by her daughter Kathleen (David) Pacholski and Cheryl (Brad Lord) Milan; grandchildren Kevin, Eric and Brian Pacholski and Kate and Bobby Buckley, sister Christine Halawa; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Genevieve (nee Blaszkiewicz) Gutt and brother Ronald Gutt.

A celebration of her life service was held at Zarzycki Manor Chapels, Ltd., 8999 South Archer Avenue, Willow Springs.

RagsdaleJACQUELINE RAGSDALE

Jacqueline (nee Wujcik) Ragsdale, age 78, of Shorewood, passed away peacefully with all three of her children by her side January 31.

Jackie was born in Chicago to the late Rufus Sr. and the late Stella “Bogie” Wujcik.

Loving mother and best friend to Robin Adamek-Pantke, George (Nita) Ragsdale Jr, and Jamie (Erin) Ragsdale; grandmother to Raven and Aaren Pantke, Aubriana and Julian Ragsdale. Skylar Ling, Madison, Lauren, David, Nick, Kristina, Gabe, Bryan and Olivia. Sister of Rufus (the late Carol) Wujcik Jr. and the late James (Bev) Wujcik; aunt to Patti, Darlene, Joann, Cathy, Chris, Mike, Cindy. great-aunt, cousins, and dear friend to many.

A memorial visitation was held February 5 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home 5749 Archer Ave. (corner of Lorel), Chicago.

RegnierJOSEPHINE M. REGNIER

images REPORTER EXTRA ART Am Flag copyJosephine M. Regnier (nee Niec), age 100, passed away January 23. U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.

Beloved wife of the late John F. Regnier; loving mother of Joan (Michael) O’Connor, Judy (Mike) Dusk and Joyce (John) Franklin; cherished grandmother of Michelle O’Connor, Christina O’Connor, John (Kasie) Dusk, Kyle Dusk, Sean Franklin and Eric Franklin; great grandmother of Olivia Grace; dear aunt of Marilyn (Jerry) Kasper, Valentina (Jerry) Mavor and the late Pamela Karban. Member of Central Park American Legion Post #1028.

Visitation was held January 29. Funeral was held January 30 at the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (corner of Lorel) to Our Lady of the Snows Church for Mass.  Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Honor Flight Chicago would be appreciated.  For more information please call 773-767-1840.

SuskiJERRY SUSKI

Jerry Suski, age 90, passed away January 29.

Beloved husband of the late Maria (nee Zary); loving father of Tina (Anthony) Goral, Gregory Suski and Catherine Suski; dear grandfather of Tori (Scott) Ponce, Tera Goral, Krystal, Ryne and Emily Suski; dearest great grandfather of Nicholas Ponce and Valerie Ponce; dear brother of the late Sabina, late Albina and the late Helen; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; loving son of the late Stanislaw and the late Helena (nee Niznik) Suski. Jerry was known as “Jerry the Barber” as he owned Jerry’s Barber Shop in the Archer Heights neighborhood.  Jerry was a longtime parishioner and member of the Men’s Club at St. Richard Parish.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated. Visitation was held February 2. Funeral was held February 3 from the Richard-Midway Funeral Home, 5749 Archer Ave. (Corner of Lorel) to St. Richard Church for mass.  Interment Resurrection Cemetery. For more information, please call 773-767-1840 or www.richardmidwayfh.com.

WagnerALEXANDRIA MARIE WAGNER

Alexandria Marie Wagner, 80 years old of Ingleside Illinois passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023 surrounded by her loving and caring family members.  Known as Sandy Wagner-Madden, she served as Director of recreation for the Bridgeview Park District for over twenty years.  During her time with the park District extensive growth in recreational facilities, pool, gymnasium, park site development brought new challenges, which she faced with enthusiasm.  Described as “feisty” and a “force of nature”, she brought new and innovative programs to the community.

As a resident of Bridgeview, she raised her four children, Monica Susan Marr, Deanna Gentile, Melinda Madden and preceded in death by her devoted son Patrick Thomas Madden.

Additionally, Ms. Wagner worked with the Lyons Township Democratic party and was politically active throughout her life.

Upon her retirement, she continued to be creative and pursued several business ventures, which gave her that opportunity.

Sandra’s greatest joys were her 11 grandchildren; Craig (Angela), Sam (Kierstin), Alexandria (Kraig), Michael (Liz), Jared (Christine), Sarah (Kai), Elliot, Nicole (Eric), Richard, Sean, Samantha and her 20 special great-grandchildren: Gianna, Giuliana, Greyson, Gage, Gannon, Annabelle, Kollins, Karson, Emmet, Charlotte, Evelyn, Elodie, Luka, Logan, Angelo, Layla Amelia, Sophie, Carter and Mia.

Her sibling’s that she loved dearly are Frances Moon, Bernadette Pavlick, Michael Wagner Barbara Meistas, sister in law Janet Wagner (Frank) and preceded in death by Brother Frank Wagner Jr.

All are welcome to commemorate her life at a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 10.30 a.m. at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 40000 North US Highway 45, Old Mill Creek, Ill.

Obituary and comments please go to Hamsherlakeside.com

WarzochaMARIANNA “MARIA” WARZOCHA

Marianna “Maria” Warzocha (nee Ciepielewska), age 81, passed away January 31.

Beloved wife of the late Boguslaw Warzocha; loving mother of Robert Warzocha and Dorothy Warzocha (Mark Isoniemi); dearest grandmother of Julia Isoniemi, Nathan Isoniemi and Jonathan Isoniemi; cherished daughter of the late Aniela (nee Kasperkiewicz) and the late Jozef Ciepielewski; dear sister of the late Halina Dunbar and Mieczyslaw (Jozefa) Ciepielewski. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Visitation was held February 3 at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home & Crematorium, 7861 S. 88th Avenue, Justice. Funeral was held February 4, Prayers and procession from the funeral home to Saint Daniel the Prophet Church, 5358 S. Nashville Avenue, Chicago for Mass. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Justice. For more information, 708-496-0200 or www.kaminskifamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

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